Fischer MiniMax ‘first of its kind’13 July 2012
The new Fischer MiniMax from Fischer Connectors is a first-of-its kind rugged push-pull interconnect for today’s smaller devices.
It is an all-in-one system with a patents-pending 24 mixed contacts – 20 for signals (0.5A) and four for power (5A) – and is designed for the harshest environments. It has passed extreme temperature tests and survived 1000 hours of salt-water spray.
According to Fischer Connectors’ VP Sales & Marketing, Pierre Marechal, the new connector will help customers by fit more connections into a smaller space. “The connector itself is about the width of a push-pin, so it is a great engineering achievement to design it so that the power and signal don’t interfere with one another. We’re expecting to see a lot of use in hazardous environments, on portable equipment like communications devices, and even in medical and harsh industrial applications.”
Product manager David Magni added that Fischer Connectors set out to cut cost and weight. “Our customers have demanding applications in harsh environments, but they are just like everyone else when it comes to finding the right balance of performance vs. cost. The MiniMax is more cost-effective not only because you have a physically smaller connector, but the 24-contact configuration can mean fewer connectors are used. On top of that, there are fewer cables needed, so the entire device becomes more cost-effective and stays reliable. The solution is also 100% pre-cabled which is a great time saving.”
The MiniMax is available in three latching systems: push-pull, breakaway and screw lock. Other features include: sealed to 120m, both mated and unmated; unbreakable keying system that withstands more than 4Nm of torque; small profile (less than 7mm inside the box); and assemblies able to withstand 40kg of pull (break-away force). – David Fox